Ekal Canada helps run over 102,000 schools that educate 2.8 million children in rural, remote parts of India. Ekal Canada is a registered charity / non-profit organization engaged in the education of tribal, indigenous children in rural India and Nepal. It is the largest grassroots movement of its kind in the world.
Ekal's mission is the holistic development of villages through basic education, digital literacy, skill development, health awareness, modern sustainable agricultural practices and rural entrepreneurship. A contribution of CAD $500 helps run one Ekal school for an entire year, educates 30 children and has a positive impact on 30 rural families.
The Ekal movement aims to eradicate illiteracy from tribal areas of India and Nepal through rural development based on the criteria of equality, diversity and inclusion across all sections of society. The vision of Ekal Vidyalaya (single teacher schools) is to facilitate the process of empowering communities based on the concept of social, economic and gender equality.
Ekal Foundation in numbers (present day):-
102,724 schools in rural and tribal areas
2,783,306 total students
1,392,330 boys are currently enrolled
1,390,976 girls are currently enrolled
Ekal Vidyalaya (single teacher school) is a one teacher school project primarily in the remote tribal villages where often there are not even the basic necessities of life such as roads, hospitals, schools, clean water etc. A school consists of 25 to 40 children and there are no formal school buildings. Classes are held under a tree, in a verandah, or wherever else is available. A blackboard, teacher and students form the class room.
At the time of independence, India’s literacy rate was a staggering 11%. Since then, it has made tremendous strides in educating its people. Present day, the literacy rate stands at 68% for the rural population in India - well below the world average literacy rate of 84%. The tribal / rural inhabitants live in remote areas, far from major cities. Those areas are highly deprived of basic amenities, modern facilities and even basic infrastructure. In this scenario, the Ekal movement emerged as the most pragmatic solution to this national need. Ekal is now active in over 10 countries globally including the United States of America, UAE, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, UK and Australia.
Recently, the Arogya project was launched to carry forward the mission of reaching the remotest village in India to provide better health care services especially for rural women and children based on the concept of Home Remedies, it helps:-
* To bridge the gap between remote areas and modern health facilities.
* Creating awareness by health care education – Emphasis is on Sanitation, Nutrition, Personal Hygiene and Mother & Child Healthcare.
* Providing preventive and curative health services (Healthcare activity).
* To create awareness about the National health program.
Also, Gramothan Foundation of India is formed to take forward the mission of Integrated Village Development (IVD) by developing Gramothan Resource Centre to work as growth Resource Centre for 100 villages.
Special Ekal Projects in Rural Communities:-
1. E-Shiksha (Teaching with Tablets)
2. Tailoring Training Center
3. Ekal On Wheels (Mobile Van for Digital Literacy)
4. Integrated Village Development
6. Gramothan (Village Development) Resource Center
7. Digital Literacy Training Center
Ekal Canada website: https://ekal.ca/
Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of Canada was registered as an Ontario Corporation in 2006 and attained Canadian charitable status in 2007. Charity Registration Number (Canada): 853421162RR0001.